Ex-cop denies having supplied porn movie

By Audrey Young

Private detective and former police officer Wayne Idour categorically denies having supplied a movie showing depicted bestiality at Police Commissioner Howard Broad's home in Dunedin in 1981, he said in statement today.

"I categorically deny that I supplied the movie. Any allegations that I did are completely and totally false," he says in the statement.

Mr Idour states he recalls "attending a party at Howard Broad's house," where there were movies being shown on a movie projector, one of them depicting beastiality, and a significant amount of alcohol consumed.

"I personally do not know how to use a movie projector," he claims.

"It is ludicrous to suggest that I would have told Mr Wishart about the incident if it was I who had supplied this movie to the party that night...," he says.

Former police officer, Peter Gibbons, who was at the party for a rugby club event, said he spoke to Mr Idour at the time about playing the film.

"Myself and the vice captain of the team actually went and spoke to him and asked him to desist," he told Radio New Zealand.

"He wanted to continue watching it and we told him he would have to watch it by himself, the party was in another room."

Earlier today Police Minister Annette King said Idour was the man who showed the pornographic movie.

"He was a policeman at the time in Dunedin," Ms King said.

"He played the film.

"He is the same Mr Idour who was employed by the Brethren to follow the prime minister and the prime minister's husband."

The movie showing bestiality is at the centre of a raft of allegations about police misconduct published by Investigate magazine at the weekend.

Mr Broad has admitted it was shown at a party in his house, but without his prior knowledge and permission.

He has said he did not see the movie because he was elsewhere in the house at the time.

Ms King said on Radio New Zealand today she had been given the name of the man who showed it.

"The person is Mr Idour," she said.

"Mr Idour threatened all sorts of people yesterday if they mentioned him."

Ms King said Mr Idour had been "hawking this story around the media ... I find the whole thing very, very strange".

Ms King said it was unacceptable in 1981 for police officers to watch a pornographic movie at a party, and it was unacceptable today.

"I have been told that when Mr Idour played the film, most people walked out the room in disgust.

"They didn't want to see it, leaving Mr Idour with very few people except himself to watch it."

In September last year Mr Idour admitted that he and a colleague had been hired by a member of the Exclusive Brethren religious sect to spy on Miss Clark and other Labour MPs.

He said his mission was to uncover "illegal activities" and he would soon reveal sensational information.

Nothing has since been revealed.

Corruption

Allegations that Dunedin police in the 1980s and 1990s were corrupt have been passed to the Police Complaints Authority by Police Commissioner Howard Broad.

Police Minister Annette King said last night it was up to the authority, Justice Lowell Goddard, QC, to decide whether to investigate the allegations in Investigate magazine but, despite it being straight after a three-year inquiry into police behaviour, she added: "I urge her to."

Prime Minister Helen Clark defended some of her own MPs yesterday against suggestions that as recently as 2000 they were confronted with claims of corruption among Dunedin police and did nothing.

The article says Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson, Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett and George Hawkins and Matt Robson - who were Police Minister and Corrections Minister respectively at the time - were told of the allegations but did not act.

"At the end of the day, members of Parliament are not sleuths, they are not detectives," Helen Clark said.

They had to believe they would not be wasting police time.

The magazine also says an investigation by some Dunedin police into luring teenagers into a sex and bestiality ring in the 1980s was subverted by fellow officers - claims made previously in a book by former officer Tom Lewis.

Investigate says it knows the name of a former Cabinet minister, no longer in Parliament, who had been part of the ring.

Ms King and Helen Clark continued to defend Commissioner Broad after he acknowledged that a film depicting bestiality with a chicken had been played during a party in his Dunedin house when he was a young officer there in 1981.

They have accepted his word he did not see the movie or approve of it.

The complaint to Mr Hodgson about Dunedin police corruption in the 1990s, and the sex film, was made by former police officer turned private investigator Wayne Idour.

The result was that Mr Hodgson asked Mr Barnett to speak to a former prostitute, Joyce Blondell, who was in Christchurch Women's Prison for attempted murder and is now serving time for murder.

Mr Barnett said yesterday that he visited the prison twice to speak to Blondell and she had not wanted to take it any further.

"It was really left for her to contact me again when she wanted to and I have been waiting seven years for further contact.

"We are regularly, as MPs, repositories of allegations of all kinds and we act on them if the person making the allegation is prepared for them to be pursued and if they sound credible."

Asked if Blondell sounded credible, Mr Barnett said: "There was passion in what she said.

"But she was nervous about talking in the first place."

Asked if he was told about an alleged tape of police rapes, he said there were general accusations of police misbehaviour.

According to the magazine, Mr Hawkins told Mr Barnett and Mr Hodgson that the complaints were "old news" and "groundless".

Helen Clark described Investigate as an "odious" publication that specialised in cutting down "tall poppies" such as Mr Broad.

She said Mr Idour was someone "who talks big but seldom delivers".

"We have to ask the question of who funds these sorts of investigations, who funds Investigate magazine, who prints it, who pays for Mr Idour to run around?"

Mr Idour's lawyer, Frazer Barton, said his client was at the party at Mr Broad's house but "categorically denied" bringing the bestiality film along.

Mr Idour saw "bits of it" but didn't do anything about it.

"He was appalled by it but didn't act on it, didn't do anything else other than express some views to people."

Asked why people would think Mr Idour had brought the film along, Mr Barton said: "There are groups that do not get on and he suggested that might be a possible explanation".

New claims

* Investigate magazine claims that Dunedin police in the 1990s effectively operated a protection racket, leaving brothels alone in return for free sex.

* It suggests that some of the police who investigated the Bain family murders may already have known one of the victims, Laniet, who is said to have worked as a prostitute.

* It claims that a videotape exists of police involved in rape and bestiality.

- with NZPA, NZ HERALD STAFF

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